WESTPORT, Conn. -- Davina Porter of Westport, who has narrated nearly 600 audiobooks in the past 30 years, is one of the 20 inaugural inductees into Audible Books' Narrator Hall of Fame.
Audible, whose mission is "to unleash the power of the spoken word," is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching the Narrator Hall of Fame, honoring "the voices that transform stories."
Porter is an award-winning actor and narrator of audiobooks. She was selected by a group of Audible employees based on several criteria, including a wide, varied and vibrant body of work, exceptional listener reviews, a commitment to the craft, and dedication to spreading awareness of audio performance.
She has been recording audiobooks since 1986, and has been recognized internationally for the sheer beauty of her voice and her always-intelligent renditions of both classic and popular literature. Her special talent for a variety of dialects and accents has won the praise of listeners and critics alike.
"We’re honoring the power of performance," said Audible. "Narrators don’t just read the story—they bring it to life, adding nuance to every word and personality to every character. Porter has developed a special relationship with the listener, making every audiobook she performs a transporting experience.”
A founding narrator with Recorded Books, she has an impressive list of classics in her audiography, including "Anna Karenina" and "Madame Bovary," for which the LA Times hailed her recording as "a narrator against whom all others should be measured."
Her work has also covered classics, histories, biographies, romances, "how to" books and children's literature. She has recorded the entire Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" series, and in 2015 she received the Sova Award for Best Female Narrator for "In My Own Heart's Blood," the latest in the "Outlander" series. She was included in Audiofile magazine's "50 Best Voices of the Last Century," and has won numerous awards, including two Golden Voices and two Audie Awards, the Oscar of the audiobook industry.
She is in good company. In addition to Porter, the inductees into the Narrator Hall of Fame also include actors Alan Cumming, Barbara Rosenblat and Edward Herrmann as well as Jim Dale, who narrated the "Harry Potter" books, among others.
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